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-chairman, ambassador thomas pickering and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff admiral mike mullen and also kathryn. the board's report takes a clear look at serious systemic problems. problems which are unacceptable. problems for which as secretary clinton has said we take responsibility and problems which we have already begun to fix. before tom walks you through what you're doing to implement fully all of the board's recommendations, i would like to add a few words based on my own experiences as a career diplomat in the field. i have been a very proud member of the foreign service for more than 30 years, and i have had the honor of serving as the chief of missions overseas. i know that diplomacy by its very nature must sometimes be practiced in dangerous places and citric clinton has said our diplomats cannot work in bunkers and do their jobs. when america is absent, there are consequences to reader interests suffer and our security at home is threatened. chris stevens understood that as well as anyone. chris also knew that every chief of mission has the responsibility to ensure the best
expressed by the then-director of the national intelligence mike mcconnell, the then-c.i.a. director michael hayden, the attorney general at the time, michael mukasey, as they discussed the consequences that we would have to deal with if we continued not to move forward and put this act back in place. the agreement we reached balanced the concerns of those who feared that the national security agency had overreached with the other balance was the ongoing authority that the intelligence community needed to protect the country. that agreement is before us again to be reauthorized for another five years. the fisa amendments act protects individuals in the united states from so-called reverse targeting. it's one of the concerns people had five years ago. this would be a process which in theory could be used to monitor the communications of american citizens under the guise of spying on terrorists. it also continues to ensure that any communication originating in the united states caught in the fisa process is minimized. now, what does that mean? it means it's handled in a way that american commu
senators, including senator mark udall, our colleague from utah 12340senator mike lee, senator durbin, i'm pleased to be joined by senator merkley, who has been vital in this coalition, this pry partisatry partisan coalitit th--with the signer of the lett, senator paul of kentucky, who has also been an outspoken advocate of striking a better balance between privacy and liberty was a sign he, senator conges, senator begich, senator tester, senator san detection senator tom udall, senator cantwell -- all of us joininged together in writing another letter to the director of national intelligence asking additional questions about the impact of this law on americans' prief six we asked the director if he could give us, mr. president, even a rough estimate, just a rough estimate. in other words, mr. president, there's been discussion both in the press and in the intelligence community, well, this group of senators is asking for something impossible, this group of senators is asking for an exact count of how many americans are being swept up under the fisa authority. i mean their calls and emai
a brief opening statement and invite mike cox if you'd like to do the same. i see senator nelson here, and i can recall going to tampa, florida, with senator nelson with a hearing of our subcommittee on constitution and civil rights. and if you will recall, the first panel of experts that we have from your home state of florida were election officials, democrats and republicans, and the first question i asked them was, what was the evidence of voter fraud and vote abuse that she believes led to these changes in the law restricting opportunities to vote in florida? and they said there were none. there were none. and asked them if they were prosecutions of voter fraud in florida, caused a scandal that led to this, and they said no their work. it turns out they were almost none of it when of it when it came to actual prosecutions. i did the same thing in ohio with senator brown in cleveland. same witnesses, ohio election officials and questions -- same questions, same answers. it's come down to this. elections in america are supposed to be a contest between candidates with voters making
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